Lost Narratives: Revealing the Untold Stories of BC history

What part of history is told and what goes untold? This is the theme of the upcoming presentation at the North Vancouver District Library by Mary Tasi and Wade Baker, co-authors of The Hidden Journals. The talk will highlight their ten-year journey of research on Pacific West Coast history that produced the book and that…

Elaine Woo and the imaginary bike ride

Elaine Woo’s literary life has come full circle. “When I was growing up, my family went to the main branch of the Vancouver Public Library every weekend to borrow new books,” says Woo, author. Now Woo will be showcasing her work at the VPL’s Central branch for the Writers Showcase in December. Woo says that…

Sounds and stories from Portugal

FADO, the story of a young woman getting in touch with her roots, takes the stage at the Firehall Arts Centre from Nov. 21–Dec. 14. Described as “part concert and part theatre”, the production uses the Portuguese national music of the same name as a centrepiece for both the show’s setting and the identity of…

Playing with Fire at the MOA

Ceramics are more than just bowls to gather dust in a cabinet, especially in the cultural commentary present in the works displayed in Playing with Fire: Ceramics of the Extraordinary. The art installation showcases 11 celebrated B.C. artists at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology (MOA) Nov. 22 and runs until March 29, 2020. “There is no doubt that…

Tonye Aganaba: challenging sensibilities

Singer Tonye Aganaba says that people should bring their own sense of humour and adventure, as this will be an experience to challenge one’s sensibilities. “Expect a stellar night of interdisciplinary adventurism featuring some of Vancouver’s very finest musicians, dancers and visual artists laced with grace, charm and hard-hitting humour,” Aganaba says. The artist will…

The time-honoured pipa

An instrument from China… and Persia? The Tale of Pipa concert will highlight the pipa, a traditional Chinese four-string lute, exploring some of its roots in different cultures. The concert, which marks the first collaboration between the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble and the Vashaan Persian Music Ensemble, will be held on Dec. 7 at the Dr. Sun…

Artificial Intelligence: culprit or saviour?

An extension of artist Amy Chang’s previous project, New Industrial Revolution, Artificial Intelligence explores themes of fusing organic life with mechanical parts in the steampunk style. The exhibition, Artificial Intelligence, hosted by the Burnaby Arts Council and presented at Deer Lake Gallery, opens Nov. 2 and runs through Nov. 30. A rocky creative process Chang, 65, graduated…

Cave to Dream: An intimate experience of ritual and tradition

Vancouver artist Cindy Mochizuki contemplates cyclic temporalities, the power of dreams, and the transience of human existence in her multi-media body of work, Cave to Dream – currently on display until Nov. 17 at the Richmond Art Gallery. Mochizuki’s hand-drawn animation and live-action storytelling conceal both her human and non-human figures within a cave, where characters…

Universality in a Japanese Story: Kuroko premieres in Vancouver

A story of isolation, family ties, and virtual reality is set to hit the stage in Tetsuro Shigematsu’s play, Kuroko. This new play is directed by Amiel Gladstone and the world premiere will take place Nov. 6–17 at the Cultch Historic Theatre. Shigematsu is the visionary behind Kuroko and many other successful plays like Empire of the Son, which had…

Trading Places: Un Échange

On Nov. 9 at Western Front, clarinetist and sound artist Elizabeth Millar and oudist and guitarist Sam Shalabi will perform as part of the Trading Places: Un Échange residency program. The Montreal-based composers have each created a non-traditional graphic or text-based music score for the show and have invited a group of four musicians and an actor…

Finding inspiration in the ukulele

Dreaming of strumming a few tunes on a ukulele? Music enthusiasts might be interested in Patrice Savoie’s offer of introductory lessons on the stringed instrument. The local musician will be conducting a special four-week beginner session, starting on Oct. 26 at Terry Fox Library in Port Coquitlam. History and meaning of the ukulele The four stringed instrument…

Out of Concealment – The interconnectedness of femininity, the supernatural, and the environment

Haida artist, activist and lawyer Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson manifests an Indigenous ethos of environmentalism while honouring the power of Indigenous femininity in her solo exhibition Out of Concealment on display at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art from Oct. 23, 2019–Apr. 5, 2020. What began as writing songs about supernatural beings for her 2017 album Grizzly Bear…